#B2B2018: Jonny Murray Blog

Well, where do I start? My journey has been up and beyond what I .could ever imagine it to be. When I heard people talk in the past about south africa being so 'special' I thought it was just an exageration. How wrong could I have been. This place is not like anywhere else, there must be something in the air. The challenges that the place sets out for you are unique within themselves and overcoming them is an achievement that gives an undescribale feeling. Today the team got to visit the monkey and elephant sanctuary. At first I thought it would have been boring and not worthwhile, though it turned out to be surprisingly good and the break from the busy days that we had previously. Later on tonight we had a massive surprise, we got a video from our families back home. It was unbelieveablely good as no one expected it. It was emotional but it was brilliant for the team to know everyone is following our journey and are so proud of us. I've constantly asked myself why is South Africa so special compared to anywhere else? This is down to the people that live within it. For a lot of them having next to nothing, they are simply the happiest people in the world and its as if they dont know anything else than to smile from ear to ear. This happiness just spreads without the place and us as a team can all feel it too. It truly is an inspiration and I would love to know their secret to it. The journey has had its ups and downs as there has been some difficult challenges that I have never came face to face with before in my life. It encourages you to go outside your comfort zone to speak infront of large crowds, talk to new people and tell them about yourself. You witness some of the worst poverty that life has to offer and having to process it in your head is one of the hardest things a person can ever do. Though the amount of learning and thinking that follows are unimaginable. Over the week, I had began to build relationships with a couple of young people in the townships. Though one I particular was a boy called jayden who was from the valley. He didn't talk much though it was obvious how comfortable he felt in my company. To see this really is the best feeling in the world, to know that someone who you barely even know can feel so safe around you. All he wanted from me was my time and to show him some attention that he must lack when at home. Nothing compares to the feeling to making a difference in someones life. Spending time with him just made me so happy as you dont think about anything else and leave all your worries behind. He was so happy and you couldn't wipe the smile off his face. For a young boy who had so little, he was so happy, simply because he knew no different. He himself taught me a lot about him and also myself. He taught me that it's not about the luxuries in life that make you happy, it's about your mindset and how you choose to get on with life. Writing this blog and reflecting on the past few days actually gives me goosebumps. The things that happen are so specail and is so difficult to put into words as no words can do it justice. This experience so far is the best thing I have ever been a part of and the amount of learning I have taken from it is crazy. It puts a lot of things into perspective and has taught me to always look at the bigger picture. Blanco is not just a place, its a feeling and one day I will be back. "Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile." 

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